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Calendar of Events

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 

End-of-Life Doula Training: Lifespan Doula Association.

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Taught by Merilynne Rush and Patty Brennan. Topics include the dying process, hands-on comfort measures, hospice and palliative care, doula scope of practice, active listening, self care, natural after death care, creating ritual. An end-of-life doula accompanies the dying person and their loved ones in the final days and weeks of life, providing resources, education and companionship for those who accept dying as a period of life, not just an abrupt ending. End-of-life doulas represent a new frontier in the doula profession, traditionally centered on birth and postpartum support, and are an outgrowth of recent cultural trends favoring natural death care. Designed for family members and friends of the dying, hospice and palliative care workers, midwives and doulas, clergy, therapists, life coaches, and anyone who wants to prepare for their own death. Not recommended for the recently bereaved.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. $515 ($465 before 1/13). 734-395-9660. [map]

 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun., Dec.-Mar. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination.

Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.

10 a.m. & 1 p.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 545-0541 (10 a.m.), 994-5908 (1 p.m.). [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"March on Washington: Past and Present": Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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Anyone who attended either the 1963 March on Washington or the recent 2017 Women's March is invited to join a discussion reflecting on their experiences. All invited to listen.
10 a.m.-noon, Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. RSVP requested at 975-9872. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Writing Memoirs and Family Stories": Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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JCS member Jan Price, who recently wrote her own memoir, offers tips to fellow amateur memoirists, and participants can read their stories to each other.
10 a.m.-noon, Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. Reservations required at 975-9872. [map]

 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Snowflake Splendor": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Bolda discusses different types of snowflakes and why they form. Also, a chance to make a snowflake catcher. For kids ages 7-12.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial, Dexter. Free. 971-6337. [map]

 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Bicycle Repair workshop with Common Cycle: Common Cycle.

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Common Cycle, the Ann Arbor Bicycle Co-op, will be hosting open bicycle repair workshops through from December-March, taking place twice per month. The workshops provide those interested in fixing their bicycles with access to warm, dry space with bicycle tools and volunteer help as needed. There is no charge to participate; donations are welcome.

Common Cycle tries to keep its overhead low. Common cycle is all volunteer run. In April we will return to our weekly outdoor workshops at Kerrytown, also on Sundays from 11-3pm. You are welcome whatever your comfort level with bicycle repair!
Outdoor Adventures Rental Center, 336 Hill St. Free. [map]

 11 a.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full-Body FIT workout is a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level. All ages & fitness levels welcome!
Non-member drop in rate: $15. Memberships start at just $39.99/month and include four Full Body Fits per month -- other memberships & a wide variety of strength, cardio, & Yoga classes available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. [map]


Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using modern constructed (Mon.), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), standard constructed (Thurs.), and booster draft (Fri. & Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Fri. & Sun.).
6 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.) & noon (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun. & Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]

 12:55 p.m. 

"Swan Lake": Fathom Events.

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Broadcast of a 2015 Bolshoi Ballet (Moscow) production of Tchaikovsky's transcendent ballet with classic choreography by Yuri Grigorovich. Stars Svetlana Zakharova.
12:55 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Rave (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $17 in advance at 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Rave).

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Party & Event Showcase: Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor.

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Are you or anyone you know planning a Wedding, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Graduation Party, or other big event?
This Special Events Showcase will be your one-stop-shopping for all your planning needs. There will be vendors for Catering, Florists, Dj's, Event Designers, Bakeries, Linens, Planners, Balloons, Venue and more.
It's Free!
Sunday, February 5 from 1-4 pm
For more information contact
Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. 734-971-0990. [map]

 1-4 p.m. 

Two Week Condensed Childbirth Preparation Class: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, LLC.

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Description: Don't have time in your busy schedule for a four week childbirth class? Our two week condensed class (Feb. 5 & 12) is a great alternative. This class meets on either 2 weeknights or 2 weekend afternoons for 3 hours each. The class is taught by a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and covers the same topics as our four week class, with less focus on labor positions, comfort measures, and relaxation. This class will provide you with the information you need to approach childbirth with knowledge and confidence
Align Chiropractic, 2464 East Stadium Blvd. $200. 734-221-0158. [map]

 1 & 3 p.m. 

Yo-Yo Master Zeemo: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Feb. 4 & 5. Performance by this local yo-yo whiz, who also uses other spinning toys such as hula hoops and tops in his routine.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

"Comparative Cupping": Zingerman's Coffee Company.

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Zingerman's Coffee staff offer taste samples of coffees from around the world using the tools and techniques of professional tasters.
Noon-2 p.m., Zingerman's Coffee Company, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. Reservations required. 929-6060. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters: Red Kangaroos": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. All invited to view red kangaroos on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a cougar, prairie dogs, kangaroos, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and others. Bring a snack to eat in the picnic areas, if you wish.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Every Sun. Docent-led tour of the UMMA collection, with themes based on the docent's interests.
1-2 p.m., UMMA, meet at the Museum Store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 1:30-4 p.m.  Free! 

Black History Month: Riverside Arts Center.

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3rd Annual Exhibit of local area African American artists sharing their art. This includes visual, literary and performance arts. Opening Art Reception is Friday, Feb 3 from 5-7pm.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron Street, Ypsilanti. Free. Donation. 734-480-2787 [map]

 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) audiovisual exploration of the current night sky that includes a brief talk on how light that travels to Earth from far away-and the distant past-informs us about the Universe we live in today.

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an exploration of deep space objects through the eyes of the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra space telescopes, each of which operates in different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Sunstruck (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show about the composition and nature of the Sun and the various ways it affects the Earth.

Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Jon Taylor Trio: Chelsea District Library Sonic Sunday: Chelsea District Library Sonic Sunday.

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Jazz trio led by composer-percussionist Taylor. With pianist Ian Finkelstein and bassist Ben Rolston.
2-3 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

t"Brown Bear, Brown Bear Animal Masks": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All preschoolers invited to make a mask of a brown bear, red bird, purple cat, or other animal featured in Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle's picture book, which is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traver at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Nov. 3. WSU. Exhibition game. 7 p.m.

Nov. 13. Niagara. 3 p.m.

Nov. 18. Howard. 7 p.m.

Nov. 21. WMU. 7 p.m.

Dec. 13. Ohio. 7 p.m.

Dec. 17. Vermont. Noon.

Dec. 22. American. 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 28. Rutgers. 2 p.m.

Jan. 10. Indiana. 6 p.m.

Jan. 10. Minnesota. Noon or 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 25. Indiana. 7 p.m.

Feb. 5. Iowa. 2 p.m.

Feb. 12. Wisconsin. 2 p.m.

Feb. 19. MSU. 2 p.m.

Feb. 23. Nebraska. 2 p.m.

Noon, Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]

 2-3 p.m. 

Winter Nature Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Jan. 22 (2-3 p.m.): "Creature Feature" Little Creatures Co. (Royal Oak) owner Dan Briere, aka "Dan the Creature Man," displays and discusses live exotic animals.

Jan. 29 (2-4 p.m.): "Winter Orienteering." A hike to learn to find your way through the woods in winter. Compass provided, or bring your own.

Feb. 5 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Skins, Scat, and Skulls." Presentation and demonstration walk by naturalist Dave Szczygiel, with specimens from his collection of Michigan animal skulls and skins, on how various creatures use their specialized body parts and how to recognize animal signs in the wild.

Feb. 12 (2-3 p.m.): "Bats of the World." Representatives from the Organization for Bat Conservation display and discuss the habits and vulnerabilities of live bats from around the world, including some with a nearly 3-foot wingspan.

Feb. 26 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan's Bears." WNHA naturalists discuss the biology, habits, and distribution of Michigan's black bears, as well as the DNR efforts to maintain a healthy black population and what people need to do to live in harmony with them.

Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5) except as noted. Space limited; preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.

 2 p.m. 

"Moving Pictures": U-M Dance Company.

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Feb. 2-5. U-M dance students perform excerpts from Quarry by guest artist Meredith Monk, the celebrated experimental choreographer and composer-vocalist whose known for the inventive, often revelatory ways she blends voice and movement. Quarry, an award-winning 1976 work exploring human extremes during wartime, Also, U-M dance alumni Xan Burley and Alex Springer, and by U-M dance professors Missy Beck, Amy Chavasse, Bill DeYoung, Jessica Fogel, Biza Sompa, Peter Sparling, Sandra Torijano, Amy West, and Robin Wilson.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $22 & $28 (students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Protecting Wisdom: Tibetan Book Covers from the MacLean Collection": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit, the first major exhibition to examine the subject of Tibetan book covers, a virtually unknown type of art. The 33 covers in the exhibit range from the 11th to the 18th century and feature iconographic and non-figural decoration.
2-3 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"The Fantasticks": Huron High School Players.

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Feb. 3-5 & 10-12. Jeffrey Stringer directs students in Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's bewitching 1960 musical comedy that enjoyed a 42-year run on Broadway. It's a simple fable, whimsical and bittersweet, about 2 neighboring fathers who trick their children into falling in love. The show's many memorable tunes include "Try to Remember," "Plant a Radish," "Soon It's Gonna Rain," and "They Were You." Cast: Leo Tunkle, Hannah Schweitzer, Mitchell Salley, Ian Masson, Anna Austin, Rebecca Galler, and Radu Dumitrascu.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Huron High New Theater, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10) at the door only., 994-2040. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Woods to Wetland to Woods Wander": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike for all ages. Stoner notes, "We will never be very far from our cars."
2-4 p.m., DeVine Preserve, north side of Liberty Rd., 1/2 mile west of Zeeb, Scio Twp. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.

 3, 6:15, & 8:45 p.m. 

"La La Land": Michigan Theater.

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(Damien Chazelle, 2016). Musical comedy about a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress in L.A. Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 3 p.m. 

"Make a Good Impression": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how fossils are created and how museum fossil casts are made. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 3:15, 5:45, & 8:15 p.m. 

"Neruda": Michigan Theater.

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(Pablo Larraín, 2016). Biopic set in the 1940s about an inspector who hunts down the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who became a fugitive in his own country for joining the Communist Party. Spanish & French, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 3:30 & 6 p.m. 

"Jackie": Michigan Theater.

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(Pablo Larraín, 2016). Biopic that stars Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in the wake of JFK's assassination
Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4-7 p.m. 

"A Bridal Affair Under The Pavilion": The Dance Pavilion.

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Come lounge at A Bridal Affair Under The Pavilion. Enjoy an elegant evening of champagne, hors d'oeuvres compliments of Angel Food Catering, strolling bridal & evening wear models compliments of B. Ella Bridal, a professional Ballroom Dance performance & dance lesson...all while engaging with a variety of local wedding businesses.
For up-to-date information and a chance to save on ticket prices, please join our Facebook Event:
Make it a date or a fun girls' night and receive a 15% off coupon for dinner and drinks for two at Aubree's or La Fuente restaurant!
Not getting married? No problem, our special event is more than just a bridal show. You will be able to shop prom/evening wear, jewelry, learn to dance, be entertained by our music, and sample a dazzling menu of food. Help us support art, music, dance, love and our community with this amazing one-of-a-kind event!
Raffle prizes will be given at the end of the night!
The Dance Pavilion, 1918 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Ticket cost TBA; Free admission for 2 if you bring this listing. 734-369-9700. [map]

 4-7 p.m. 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 p.m. 

Calidore String Quartet: University Musical Society.

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This L.A.-based ensemble, winner of the 2016 M-Prize Competition (the first annual $100,000 U-M chamber music competition), is "a miracle of unified thought," according to a La Presse (Montreal) review. They're noted for their palpable energy and intelligent, passionate performances. Tonight they perform Mozart's Quartet in D Minor, the young Pulitzer-winning American composer Caroline Shaw's First Essay: Nimrod, and Mendelssohn's Quartet in E Minor.
4 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $24-$48 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 4-8 p.m. 

Lunar New Year Celebration: Chinese American Society of Ann Arbor/U-M Chinese Students and Scholars Association.

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All invited to make dumplings to celebrate the Year of the Rooster. Also, karaoke, Chinese New Year storytelling, a door prize, and a calligraphy demonstration by U-M Confucius Institute Chinese associate director Xiwen Sheng.
4-8 p.m., U-M East Hall, 530 Church. $10. Reservations required by Feb. 1 at or by phone. 332-0390. [map]

 4-4:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Kidfolk": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Veteran Detroit Irish-American pop-folk singer-songwriter Kitty Donohoe presents an interactive family-oriented program of original and traditional songs accompanied on a host of traditional instruments, including mountain and hammer dulcimers, banjo, guitars, and more.
4-4:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Sunday Sessions Improvise-Create-Connect!": Eluminous Studios.

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Sunday sessions are more than the music, it is a journey of self-expression and an opportunity to make connections with like-minded individuals. Stop in and check us out! Bring your friends to get inspired and empowered. You never know what beautiful music you will create! Bring your own instruments.
Every first Sunday of the month beginning Sunday, January 1st 5-8pm
Eluminous Studios, 1205 Industrial Dr., Saline. Free. Free, but donations accepted. 734-260-2609. eluminousstudios@gmailcom [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., Gretchen's House, 1580 Dhu Varren. Free. Email to confirm. 717-1569. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Restorative Yin Yoga: Better Living Fitness Center.

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End your weekend on a relaxing note! Designed to be restorative and stress relieving, this class can improve your flexibility and help you sleep better.
Non-member drop in rate: $15. Better Living Fitness Center member drop-in rate: $10. Yoga packages available!
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7 p.m.-close (usually midnight), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Poetry.

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Every 1st & 3rd Sun. Readings by featured poets, preceded by a poetry open mike.

Sep. 3: Reading by Marlin Jenkins, a Detroit poet (and U-M creative writing grad) whose poems often come off as fragments of a visionary spiritual autobiography.

Sept. 17: Reading by U-M Bear River Review editor Monica Rico, author of the 2001 chapbook Esperanza.

7-9 p.m. (sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. $5 suggested donation. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Community Sing": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All invited to join this monthly gathering to sing songs from the various branches of American folk music.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5. 794-6250. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Arcade: Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Feb. 5 & 19. All invited to play short-form improv games. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free (pay-what-you-can for spectators)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 7:15-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Exploring Epiphanies: The Mystical Visions of Hildegaard of Bingen and Julian of Norwich": St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Music for Meditation.

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Veteran local actress Nancy Heusel revives her production of James Janda's one-woman show about Julian of Norwich, the 14th-century mystic who wrote the first book in English by a woman, Revelations of Divine Love. The monologue is a meditation on her life of prayer and offering spiritual advice in the age of the Plague, the Peasants' Revolt, and the Hundred Years' War. Also, St. Andrew's music director Deborah Friauff and Celia Bridges perform music by sacred chants by the 12th-century German mystic and Benedictine abbess Hildegaard.
7:15-8 p.m., St. Andrew's, 306 N. Division. Free. 663-0518. [map]

 8:30 p.m. 

"Manchester by the Sea": Michigan Theater.

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(Kenneth Lonergan, 2016). An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.
Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: The Wes Fritzmeier Jazz Experience

With the Chelsea ensemble of pianist Brian Brill, bassist Jed Fritzemeier, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Heather Black Project

Vintage jazz and blues by an ensemble led by Heather Schwartz, a talented local singer whose vocal style also reflects gospel, R&B, soul, and hip-hop influences. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Will Mefford

Improvisations on jazz standards by this local pianist. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings

This local 10-piece big band is one of the few to specialize in the old-time big-band music of the late 1920s and early 1930s associated with Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. Arrangements by the renowned early-jazz pianist James Dapogny and tubaist Chris Smith. [venue info]


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